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  • Low Flow Attic System Design

    A New Scope for Roofs with Slope Combustible concealed attics have always been a difficult area for the fire sprinkler industry to adequately protect.…

  • NFPA 13, 2019 Edition Quiz Answers

    Answers and Explanations Here are the answers, with explanations, for the NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2019 edition qu…

  • Fire Sprinkler Design

    What’s the Building Owner Got to Do with It? So, there I was opening up a set of construction documents to begin a new fire sprinkler design for a new…

  • Selecting Air Compressors

    What You Need to Know Fire protection air compressors are not often looked at closely by designers and installers, but when the wrong type of compress…

  • CPVC Design Considerations

    Have You Accounted for Thermal Expansion? Plastic piping systems are very popular and have undoubtedly been a major factor in the economical installat…

Low Flow Attic System Design

A New Scope for Roofs with Slope Combustible concealed attics have always been a difficult area for the fire sprinkler industry to adequately protect. Adding to this difficulty is the public perception of failure by automatic fire sprinkler systems when a fire burns unchecked through an NFPA 13R, Standard for …

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Fire Sprinkler Design

What’s the Building Owner Got to Do with It? So, there I was opening up a set of construction documents to begin a new fire sprinkler design for a new building being built. Knowing the area, I quickly identified the location and the associated jurisdiction I would be dealing with. …

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Selecting Air Compressors

What You Need to Know Fire protection air compressors are not often looked at closely by designers and installers, but when the wrong type of compressor is used the facility manager gets very familiar with them. A little work and a little education on the front end of an installation …

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CPVC Design Considerations

Have You Accounted for Thermal Expansion? Plastic piping systems are very popular and have undoubtedly been a major factor in the economical installation of sprinkler systems. A common misconception in our industry may be that any system designer who can design a traditional steel-pipe fire system can also design a …

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Dry System Valve Trip Testing

All That It Entails With all that NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, includes, few things are as straight forward as the trip testing of a dry system valve. Straight forward, however, does not mean uncomplicated. So, don’t lose focus during this …

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Storage Issues Got You Stumped?

Informal Interpretations Offer Solutions and Savings The informal interpretations featured in this issue of Sprinkler Age address storage issues. AFSA’s informal interpretations are provided to AFSA members by Vice President of Engineering & Technical Services Roland Huggins, PE; Senior Fire Protection Engineer Russ Bainbridge, PE; and Technical Programs Specialist Tom …

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Protecting Storage Occupancies

Issues Concerning Smoke and Heat Vents When protecting storage occupancies there are several issues that can impact the selected protection methods. This article will discuss conditions where smoke and heat vents or mechanical smoke removal systems could potentially be installed along with sprinklers and the issues that might arise. The …

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